LESRRD's warnings of luxury development in Chinatown have fallen on deaf ears north of Houston Street where the political influences on Community District 3 reside. Chinatown is seriously underrepresented on the Community Board.
Our warnings and predictions have been overtaken by reality. Besides the luxury hotel going up at Hester & Bowery, there's this on a multiple lot site at Canal & Eldridge in Chinatown around the corner from the Eldridge Street Synagogue (from Curbed):
"1) Chinatown: Regarding the mysterious pillars going up at Canal and Eldridge, a commenter files this detailed report: "It will have a three-story commercial base (one floor of stores and two floors of medical offices), then a setback and a floor that will be occupied by a day care center, then an additional setback and twelve floors of apartments. There will also be a commercial parking garage in the cellar levels. The residential portion will be a tower, with floor plates of only about 2,000 square feet, whereas the ground floor will have a footprint of about 7,500 square feet, and there will be one or two apartments per floor. Architect: Peter Poon. (No, Peter Poon does not just design hotels for Sam Chang.)""
One or two apartments per floor implies luxury. Peter Poon is also responsible for a hotel tower on Canal to the west of Chinatown. I'm told that Canal has seen several new constructions recently. I haven't had a chance to check them all out.